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Exploring Stars in the Milky Way Educator Guide

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This shot from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within one of the Milky Way?s satellite galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).



Grade Levels

Grades 5-8




Educator Guides, Lesson Plans / Activities

This collection of 13 mathematical activities introduces students to some unusual places in our galaxy that are outside our solar system. Students apply mathematical skills and principles such as multiplying decimals, working with proportions, and estimating to explore how astronomers measure the brightness, or magnitude, of stars and how they classify stars according to temperature. Students also use mathematics to estimate the number of stars in the galaxy. The lessons are correlated to common core standards in mathematics.
Exploring Stars in the Milky Way  [5MB PDF file]
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